AOC Cruises to Victory, Bowman Poised for Major Upset Win

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[New York City Primary]
With nearly all precincts in Engel’s Bronx and Westchester County-spanning district reporting, Bowman topped the chart by a 61%-36% margin, according to BOE tallies.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is leading the way.

The left-leaning congresswoman breezed to victory in her first primary as an incumbent on Tuesday, setting the tone for an election night dominated by progressive momentum and centrist setbacks.

With all precincts reporting in her Queens-Bronx district, Ocasio-Cortez trounced her middle-of-the-road challenger, former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, by an astonishing 70%-19% margin, according to official State Board of Elections tallies.

Like all of Tuesday’s primaries, the tally did not account for mail-in absentee ballots, which the state allowed all residents to apply for because of the coronavirus. The BOE granted more than 700,000 mail-in ballot applications to city residents alone, though it remained unclear late Tuesday how many had been returned.

Still, Ocasio-Cortez was confident that her massive double-digit lead would carry her home, declaring victory and taking a sharp shot at Caruso-Cabrera over her corporate campaign donors.

“Wall Street CEOs, from Goldman Sachs to Blackstone, poured in millions to defeat our grassroots campaign tonight,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted after the results landed. “But their money couldn’t buy a movement. Thank you #NY14, and every person who pitched in for tonight’s victory. Here’s to speaking truth to power.”

Ocasio-Cortez, 30, was first elected in 2018 after beating 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley by double digits in a stunning upset that rocked the Democratic Party establishment.

Jamaal Bowman, a former public school principal in the Bronx, appeared on track to potentially pull of a repeat of Ocasio-Cortez’s 2018 victory on Tuesday, as he held an early, double-digit lead over 16-term Rep. Eliot Engel in their hotly-contested primary.

With nearly all precincts in Engel’s Bronx and Westchester County-spanning district reporting, Bowman topped the chart by a 61%-36% margin, according to BOE tallies.

Outstanding mail-in ballots aside, Bowman expressed confidence in the early results during an energetic election night speech from Yonkers.

“Eliot Engel — I’ll say his name once — used to say that he was a thorn in the side of Donald Trump....

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